Course Overview

In this summer course, high school students will cover the introductory concepts of human nutrition including nutrients, how the body utilizes them, how they are obtained through food and supplements. recommendations for intake to promote optimal growth, and health and prevention of disease throughout the lifespan. Students will explore your own eating habits and learn to evaluate their own dietary intake.

During Zoom class meetings, we will discuss important topics such as weight control, sports nutrition, dietary supplements, food safety and sustainability. Readings, homework, discussion boards, guided activities and chapter quizzes will be done outside the class meeting times. In addition, students will take excursions into their community and on campus to learn more about our food environment, including going to grocery stores, local farmer’s markets, dining halls other campus venues.   

By taking this course students will develop critical thinking skills to help them determine if nutrition information is based on evidence and how to use that information to make informed decisions about food and eating behaviors. 

This course meets the requirements for a natural science in the liberal arts core for non-science majors at Syracuse University.

This course is open to Syracuse University undergraduates.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the functions and processes of nutrients in food and in the body.
  2. Obtain, analyze, and interpret dietary assessment data.
  3. Identify specific nutrient needs or concerns throughout the lifespan.
  4. Describe current nutrition recommendations related to enhanced health and prevention of disease.
  5. Navigate the food environment on campus and in the community to find a balance and varied diet

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: NSD 225

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate – and have completed high school biology and chemistry.

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F

Cost: $2,985
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.


Syracuse University Summer College precollege student

“For me, Syracuse Summer College – Online provided me an unforgettable opportunity to grow as a student and as a person while following my passion. In all, I could not have imagined such a memorable and special experience”

—Ben K., Summer College – Online Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College -Online3-Week Session I: Tuesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 21, 2022MTWTh*
4:30 – 6 p.m.
3 creditsClosed
Summer College -Online 3-Week Session II: Tuesday, July 25 – Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 MTWTh
6 – 7:30 p.m.
3 credits Closed
*July 4 is an observed holiday and Session 1 students will have class on Friday, July 8 and then all subsequent synchronous class will run according to the schedule above. Class times subject to change. Each session is the same course, only the dates are different.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for the cost of supplies and textbooks. A supply and textbook list will be sent to students before the start of the program.

Student Expectations

Students must be active learners who are willing to participate in online synchronous and asynchronous discussions and activities. Attendance is required and requires that cameras are on during synchronous class meetings.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend live synchronous online sessions Monday – Thursday. Typical schedule is outline below: 

  • Synchronous Meeting – 90-minute class
    • 15-minute check-in and questions from the assigned reading
    • 30-minute small group activity or problem-based learning activity
    • 30-minute review/discussion of activity and how it relates to assigned readings
    • 15-minute wrap and explanation of asynchronous work
  • Asynchronous content – 45 minutes per day
    • 15-minute recorded lecture
    • 30 minutes – 3 discussion board posts on content from the recording
    • 60-90 minutes per week on a guided activity such as a community excursion such as trip to Farmer’s market to learn about a local food or cooking activity
  • Homework
    • 30-minute automated homework assignment
    •  90 – 120 minutes on a larger assignment related to the asynchronous guided activity. 

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Jane Burrell

Jane Burrell has been an Instructor/Associate Teaching Professor at Syracuse University since 2010 and teaches hundreds of college students each year. She is a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) who focuses on medical nutrition therapy, which is the use of nutrition as a complementary treatment to conventional medical care of health conditions and disease.  Burrell began her career working in hospitals across the country and started teaching at California State University Los Angeles before returning to her hometown in Central New York. Professor Burrell also specializes in lifecycle nutrition. Her teaching philosophy includes providing students with the skills and critical thinking to apply nutrition recommendations in problem-based learning activities that can be translated into real-life skills outside of the classroom. 


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